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Puerto Rico, Discover a Magnificent and Unique Island, Full of Adventures and Experiences

Puerto Rico, officially known as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico), is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long by 35 miles wide, making it the smallest island of the Greater Antilles. Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port") consists of an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and several islands: Vieques, Culebra, Mona and numerous islets.

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Puerto Rico is a vibrant and culturally rich island with a diverse range of attractions and features. To learn more about what makes the island magnificent and unique, consider exploring the following topics:


Attractions

Explore hundreds of activities and attractions for all ages and budgets. Puerto Rico is a great place to explore, the possibilities are endless.

History

Discover Puerto Rico's rich history, detailed in a timeline that spans over the last 500 years.


People

The people of Puerto Rico is characterized by a rich blend of cultural and racial diversity, shaped by centuries of historical influences, immigration, and cultural assimilation.

Cuisine

Puerto Rican cuisine is rich and flavorful, reflecting a blend of indigenous, Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences. Dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.



Facts and Figures

Puerto Rico at a Glance

Puerto Rico pronunciation: por • tuh ree • kow

Capital: San Juan, located on the north east of the island.

Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic.

Coordinates: 18°15'N, 66°30'W

Climate: Tropical Marine, average temperatures year round between 80 °F (26.7 °C) and 70 °F (21.1 °C).

Seasons in Puerto Rico
Rainy Season - April through November
Dry Season - December through March
Hurricane Season - June to November

Time zone: Atlantic Standard (UTC - 4:00)

Currency: United States Dollar (USD) $

Population: 3,057,311 (2023 est.)

Nationality: Puerto Rican

Primary ethnicity: Hispanic

Ethnic composition: white (mostly Spanish origin) 75.8%, black 12.4%, other 8.5% (includes American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islander, and others), mixed 3.3% (2010 est.)

National anthem: La Borinqueña

Language: Spanish and English are the official languages of Puerto Rico.

Government: Democracy, Republic

Total area: 9,104 sq km (3,515 sq mi)


Explore the Cities of Puerto Rico

Vieques

Beauty and history merge on this 21 by 4 mile island. Arawak Indians once lived here and it was an infamous heaven for pirates during the 17th century. Vieques is famous for its amazing beaches and there is a lot of them, ranging from pure white to soft black.

Cabo Rojo

Located in the southwest corner of Puerto Rico, Cabo Rojo is surrounded by miles and miles of beaches, wonderful for swimming and lounging, it is the town's most popular beach destination with a good reason.

San Juan

San Juan is the capital and most populous city in Puerto Rico. It is also the oldest city on US territory.



This Month - February, 2024

Recommendations

A monthly selection of our favorites articles or websites, highlighting a wide variety of topics and companies about or in Puerto Rico. Don't hesitate to share your own discoveries and finds.

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Interesting

Articles on the Web

Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age: Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Perspectives
By Library of Congress
A component of a collaborative project undertaken by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and the National Digital Library Program to recognize the centennial of the Spanish-American War (1898)


Recent

News

'The last thing I wanted': cesarean rates in Puerto Rico soar amid health crisis
By Coral Murphy Marcos
January 16, 2024

Puerto Rico's luxury tourism on the rise
By Vahely Varela
December 20, 2023

Can Puerto Rican words such as 'perreo' and 'jurutungo' make it into the 'official' Spanish-language dictionary?
By Nicole Acevedo
November 22, 2023

 

Coqui Quiz

Want to see how much you know about Puerto Rico? Test your knowledge by answering our monthly quiz.

  1. Fill the blanks.
    In 1948 the Puerto Rican government established _________, a program of governmental support for industry through tax breaks.
  2. Who led the U.S. forces that occupied Puerto Rico in 1898?
  3. Who is considered the most important figure in Puerto Rican music of the 19th century?
  4. What was the first book published in the island?
  5. Where is the largest radio telescope in the world located at?

Magaly in Old San Juan

Say Hi!

Magaly Rivera

My name is Magaly Rivera and I'm proud to be Puerto Rican. I invite you to take some time to explore the tropical island of Puerto Rico, where you can find local exotic hideaways, miles of white sandy beaches, mountains and valleys, and many other natural wonders. In addition to the natural splendors you will find yourself surrounded by 500 years of history; and warm and friendly people.

Within these pages you can find a wide scope of information pertaining to the island, its culture and people, and every detail that makes Puerto Rico, a magnificent and unique island. Can't find something? Send me a note.


Did You Know?

Puerto Rican Coffee was served in official state dinners at the White House. Under President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909), Puerto Rican coffee formed part of every White House breakfast.